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Justicia spicigera

 
Justicia spicigera
firecracker plant, Mexican honeysuckle
Common name firecracker plant, Mexican honeysuckle
Family acanthaceae
Life cycle tender shrub (Z8-11)
Flowers orange
Size 4-6'
Light sun-part shade

Evergreen shrub with bright green crinkly leaves and clusters of tubular orange flowers that appear over a long season of bloom. My sources don't agree on hardiness, so I can't be sure it will survive in our zone 8b garden. Like so many plants in this new garden of ours, it's a gamble, and that's OK. So far, it survived having its top growth killed by a mid-20s freeze, returning a month later from the roots, and blooming by April. Attracts hummingbirds. Pruning helps keep plants from getting leggy.

In our garden, this plant grows in the following area: houston back yard

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